FINDING THE WORK YOU LOVE : The Essential Guide to Reinventing Your Life
Take A Crash Course In Living Your Dream
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Boomers reinvented society.
Now they’re reinventing themselves, and AARP wants to facilitate that process.
AARP Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love explores both the motivations and the methods of those taking part in the social phenomenon known as recareering.
Whether they are old enough to have earned their AARP card or not, a new generation of American workers is no longer counting the days until retirement; instead they’re seeking greater fulfillment in their personal lives by tackling newand often much more socially significantwork.
Switching careers is a challenge at any age, yet boomers may have more to overcome than their younger counterparts:
➽ They must beef up their education or seek out retraining;
➽ cope with seismic lifestyle shifts such as less income and a new circle of friends;
➽ and reconcile themselves to the fact that even the most rewarding position is no panacea for life’s problems.
Whether you’ve toiled in the trenches of bureaucracy or blazed an entrepreneurial trail, heeding the urge to change careers can fulfill a passion you’ve always harbored—but never acted upon.
It could be a bumpy journey, though, filled with uncertainty and risk. As the veteran of two career makeovers himself—and an author who has written about career issues for nearly 30 years—Samuel Greengard knows what’s required to get you there from here.
In the AARP Crash Course in Finding the Work You Love, he details how to:
● discover your “recareering style” (Are you a Change Agent or a Fantasy Seeker?
● find a career counselor who can help you clear obstacles from your path
● return to school to top off your education and update your computer skills
● estimate your career-change costs
● harness job-search and networking tools newly available online
● write a blog to attract recruiters
● seed your résumé with keywords to land more interviews
● explore alternative work options such as flextime, telework, and job sharing
● take a “power sabbatical” to find your life’s purpose
In-depth profiles of those who have engineered a career switch oftheir ownare rounded out by more practical tips, worksheets, how-to sidebars,key questions, and resource boxes overflowing with helpful books,reports, and websites.
With this handbook to guide them, readers of any age can finally make the leap to finding the life’s work they will truly love.
Here, Greengard shows readers how to sort out their feelings about their existing career; successfully transition to a new one; and work toward a greater sense of balance in their daily lives.
Profiles of recareering veterans show how others have attained their own goals. These are rounded out by tips, quizzes, worksheets, how-to sidebars, and other practical resources.
Sam Greengard brings a wealth of knowledge to this timely topic: Since 1981 he has written about career issues for publications as diverse as The Chicago Tribune, Family Circle, The Los Angeles Times, MSNBC/MSN Online, Wired, and Workforce Management.